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Mentor Program

The Arizona Legal Center is a nonprofit organization established to provide guidance to consumers who may have legal questions and concerns so they can make informed decisions about how to deal with those issues. 

The Gary L. Stuart Legal Triage and Referral Program is the Center's flagship project, established in 2016.

Arizona's Finest Lawyers Sustaining Members have an opportunity to serve as volunteer lawyers in this program, and to recommend other lawyers who would benefit from the volunteer and referral experience. 

2015: Christina M. Cabanillas
With Gary Stuart and Tricia Schafer

The Lyons Award: Empowering the Next Generation

Access to Justice

"My AFL mentor has been a tremendous source of career advice and guidance. He has been extremely gracious, with his time and resources, allowing me to come in and observe intakes and depositions, in addition to our seasonal casual happy hours." – Ryan A. Bethell

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Strength in numbers! We review nominations monthly, and we encourage Sustaining Members to invite outstanding Arizona lawyers to join us.  Sustaining Members are profiled on our website.  Other benefits include our e-newsletter, a wall certificate, a license to use our digital badge on your electronic media, and exclusive invitations to members-only networking events.  

2014: Danny Ortega (not pictured)
Ortega's mentee, Marcos Tapia, is pictured here with Gary Stuart, Mentor Program co-founder Michele Feeney, and Ronnie Lyons

"The AFL mentor program offers a truly unparalleled opportunity for young attorneys to develop close relationships with established practitioners. It can be difficult for newly minted attorneys to reach out for help or advice, but the mentor program is there for that very reason. My mentors are always eager to share their knowledge and experience, which has given me great confidence as I establish my own career." – M. Chance Peterson

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2017: Sam Coffman pictured with Tricia Schafer; Co-recipient Cynthia Cheney not pictured.

We proudly support Ladder Down, a year-long program that provides direct training and career development through a combination of coaches, sponsors, and participants to empower women lawyers in leadership, business development, and mentoring.

2016: Shawn K. Aiken
With Ronnie Lyons, Gary Stuart, and mentees Heather Pelaez, Danielle Trogden.

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We paired approximately 40 Sustaining Members with law students in 2013-14, and again in 2014-15. In 2015-16, we expanded the program to second-year associates at the ASU Alumni Law Group, and we continue to match interested Sustaining Members with students and new lawyers on an as-needed basis.


The George H. Lyons Mentor Award recipient is selected annually, based on mentee feedback and overall program commitment.  The award is a fitting memory to Lyons, a longtime partner at Snell & Wilmer, dedicated mentor, and active participant in our organization.